LAPT San Jose


Season One – 22 – 24 May 2008



Prize Pool

$965 150


398 of which 190 were online qualifiers


Ramada Plaza Herradura, San Jose, Costa Rica

Online Qualifier wins LAPT San Jose

It’s the never ending story that has led to poker’s burgeoning popularity – the fact that $200 can lead to well over $270 000 in the blink of an eye. This is the story of Moneymaker, Raymer, Nuijten and now Hungary’s Valdemar Kwaysser who, for a small outlay of $200, contested a satellite competition which in turn propelled him to the forefront of the world’s youngest brick and mortar poker tour, the lucrative LAPT. In fact, online qualifiers dominated right through to the final table where seven of the nine finishers qualified via online events!

It was certainly not easy going for the twenty-four year old whose major claim to fame was his third place in the online tournament, PokerStars Sunday Million, he had some pretty formidable opposition in the form of Isabelle Mercier, Daniel Negreanu and Alec Torelli!

Kwaysser became the second European to win on the Latin American circuit, which in itself is a surprise as pundits were expecting the strong American contingent to dictate proceedings! He played some formidable poker though, and completely dominated the final table before heading to the final showdown with America’s Max Steinberg. The deciding hand saw the nineteen year old Steinberg push with J-9 on a flop of 9-8-8 which was no match for Valdemar Kwaysser’s pocket Aces!

LAPT Tops Poker Popularity Charts

The LAPT has, so far, been an unprecedented success with the governments of South and Central America, who are clearly impressed with the tourist boom associated with the Rio and San Jose events, banging hard on the door of the organisers. “The inaugural Latin American Poker Tour event in Rio was a phenomenal success”, tournament director, Cademartori said “But this second event in San Jose has stopped all our expectations. We were expecting a robust field of players full of enthusiasm, but having nearly 400 players turn up is truly overwhelming. Costa Rica is a recognised leader of poker in Central America. We have very skilled players with a great deal of experience, and that has certainly been demonstrated here in San Jose. We are also impressed with the number of players from 35 different countries around the globe that came to the tournament having won their seats online. It’s a truly and amazing accomplishment for the LAPT and the world of Poker”. We second the sentiment!

Final Table Results

  1. Valdemar Kwaysser (Hungary) -274 103 $
  2. Max Steinberg (USA) – $144 773
  3. Steven Silverman (USA) – $106 167
  4. Alexander Soderlund (Sweden) – $77 213
  5. Alec Torelli (USA) – $57 909
  6. Pawel Sanojca (Poland) – $38 606
  7. Ashton Griffin (USA) – $28 956
  8. Joe Ebanks (USA) – $19 303
  9. Steven Thompson ( Costa Rica – $14 447